Defense IT

screenshot from Operation Overmatch (Army)

Army uses multiplayer game environment to crowdsource innovation

To evaluate tech advances for the battlefield, Operation Overmatch records soldiers' responses to equipment and tactics as they fight in realistic scenarios.

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How agencies decide when moving to the cloud makes sense

Agencies moving legacy applications to the cloud must optimize for the environment, government technology leaders advise.

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DARPA wants 'living sensors' for surveillance

The military's research arm wants to replace common sensor elements with marine plants and animals that provide data about their environment through natural behaviors.

USS John S. McCain (Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Vazquez)

Cyber suspicions floated after latest ship collision

The Navy says there is no sign of cyber intrusion, but "all possibilities" will be investigated.

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Self-improvement for autonomous systems

DARPA wants to leverage machine learning to help self-piloting systems teach themselves to become safer.

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DARPA tunes machine learning to radio signals

By applying machine learning to the radio spectrum, the research agency hopes to give the military situational awareness in the wireless domain.

Marines on a hike (Photo By: Cpl. Jeffrey Belovarac)

Wearables may lighten the load for Marines

By transmitting their real-time supply needs to platoon leaders, Marines could carry only what they need for the immediate future.

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Functional fabrics for emergency response

Materials integrated with sensors and internet connectivity can solve issues facing soldiers in combat or training, first responders and victims and workers in refugee camps.

PackBot with 3-D printed parts (U.S. Army photo by Erin Usawicz)

R-FAB kits let soldiers 3-D print replacement parts

The rapid fabrication kits come equipped with the gear and software for constructing tools and parts in the field.

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Software brittleness may harden embedded systems

Brittleness causes programs to fail fast when under attack, which allows systems to quickly detect and disrupt cyberattacks and revert to known-good states.

Navy underwater drone (Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

Navy turns to unmanned systems to map the ocean

With drones, automated processing, visual displays and analytics, the Meteorology and Oceanography Command can analyze the increased amount of weather data in near-real time.

SkySafe vehicle-mounted drone-defense system

Anti-drone system gets tryout with special forces

The Navy Special Warfare Command is testing a vehicle-mounted drone defense system designed to counter the growing threat of weaponized consumer drones on the battlefield.

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